A Home Away From Home: Nashville's Best Bed and Breakfasts

Butterfly Hollow near Nashville, USA, is ideal if you are looking for a place to unwind away from the hubbub of downtown
Butterfly Hollow near Nashville, USA, is ideal if you are looking for a place to unwind away from the hubbub of downtown | Courtesy of Butterfly Hollow Bed and Breakfast / Expedia.com
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28 October 2020

While Nashville may be full of excellent hotels, a high-rise chain isn’t your only option for an overnight stay in Music City. In fact, for those who truly want to steep themselves in the local culture of the city, bed and breakfasts are a lesser-known but uniquely rewarding option. Whether you’re a local searching for the perfect weekend getaway or a first-time visitor, take advantage of Nashville’s Southern hospitality by staying in one of these homes away from home.

The Big Bungalow

Bed and Breakfast, Hotel
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Located just east of the Cumberland River, The Big Bungalow is an early-20th-century home nestled on a quiet residential street. And the innocuous exterior of this bed and breakfast is perhaps one of its greatest charms: the no-frills house is, first and foremost, a home. And while no place can ever quite replicate the creature comforts of one’s own home, The Big Bungalow comes close. From the free massages (co-owner Ellen is a licensed massage therapist) to the fresh breakfast and the decor — comfortable yet tasteful — of the three guest rooms, this B&B could not be more different from the impersonal sterility of a hotel room. Bonus: periodically, The Big Bungalow also hosts Writers’ Nights in its living room, during which a small group of local music artists gathers and performs.

Butterfly Hollow

Bed and Breakfast, Lodge
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Butterfly Hollow Bed and Breakfast, Nashville
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While Butterfly Hollow is not technically located in Nashville but instead in Gordonsville, Tennessee — about 1 hour’s drive east of downtown Nashville — if you’re searching for the ultimate bed and breakfast getaway, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better option. This wooden lodge is referred to as a “hidden retreat”, and for good reason: between the tree-lined entrance, the hammocks scattered on the premises and the lush green lawns surrounding the home, you are guaranteed to feel as though you’ve stepped into a secluded respite from reality. The distance from the city may make frequent back-and-forth travel during your stay difficult, but this natural retreat is ideal for you if you are searching not merely for a place to sleep but for an opportunity to decompress and relax away from the hubbub of downtown.

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  • Timothy Demonbreun House

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    Most bed and breakfasts tend to feel inherently historic — between the decades-old homes and the comfortable, no-frills atmosphere, a stay at a B&B can often make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. In no B&B in Nashville is this emphasis on history more prominent than at the Timothy Demonbreun House; in fact, the house itself is an invaluable piece of Nashville history. Once home to Timothy Demonbreun, one of Nashville’s very first residents, today this historic house is consistently rated as the top bed and breakfast in the city. Come for the history, and stay for the freshly prepared breakfast (which includes offerings such as eggs benedict, belgian waffles and cinnamon-cream french toast), in-house wine cellar, private swimming pool and hot spa as well as the four expansively luxurious, private guest rooms.

    Daisy Hill

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    Daisy Hill Bed and Breakfast, Nashville
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    Nestled in Nashville’s historic Hillsboro Village sits Daisy Hill, a Tudor Revival-style home built in the early 20th century. Today, Daisy Hill serves not only as a gorgeous testament to Hillsboro’s status as one of the most simultaneously hip and historic neighborhoods in the city but also as one of the best bed and breakfasts you can find in town. Co-owners Darrell and Linda had long dreamed of opening their own B&B, and, with Darrell’s years of work in the hospitality industry as a guide, the couple finally opened Daisy Hill; they still live on the premises today as the innkeepers of Daisy Hill. Each of the three guest rooms, in addition to the family suite, is immaculately decorated. The home also features a family-style dining room and a library. Bonus: Daisy Hill’s convenient location means that you are also a quick walk away from Hillsboro’s many great restaurants and shops.

    Honorable Mention: Urban Cowboy

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    Urban Cowboy, Nashville
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    While different bed and breakfasts necessarily have slightly different atmospheres, most B&Bs offer a similar array of attractions: cozy decor, friendly hosts, freshly prepared breakfast and comfortable bedrooms. At Urban Cowboy in East Nashville, you will enjoy these comforts, but with a decidedly modern twist. This contemporary hipster paradise may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re looking for a place in Nashville to stay that is off the beaten path, then this unique B&B is certainly worth checking out.
    These recommendations were updated on October 28, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.